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“Everyone gets older: plan to do it well.” This was the tagline for an information day called Ageing With Grace, held by the parish of Holbrook on 8 September. This is now the second year the parish has run the conference, with last year’s inaugural event proving so successful that it won the Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Chief Executive’s Award, edging out a number of other worthy contenders.

The day covered various aspects of ageing including legal, accommodation, government support, home help options and more. A variety of speakers from Holbrook and beyond gave helpful presentations, and other organisations had information stalls and handouts. The day was well supported by the Greater Hume Shire, with the Mayor giving a formal welcome and the Shire paying for all advertising. Reverend James Coats was heavily involved in planning and organising the day, as well as emceeing the sessions and giving a presentation on Ageing and Spirituality.

The day was a resounding success with all speakers doing a fantastic job and nearly fifty attendees enjoying informative and entertaining presentations (not bad for a town of 1400, although last year we had over seventy!). Feedback from participants was thoroughly positive, including a number who particularly valued the spiritual input. We are grateful to God for the wonderful success of this day and the magnificent example of the church being able to instigate such a positive event in the community.

We are grateful for the good that was done in helping people learn more about the many issues related to ageing and the services that are available. Most of all, we thank God that people were able to hear the good news of Jesus and the importance of knowing him. Please pray that this might sink in, such that people would truly age with (God’s) grace.

by The Reverend James Coats